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Wastewater, food grease turned into renewable energy at new OR facility

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Voodoo donuts may do more than just cure a sugar craving, it turns out they could the next best thing to ever happen to renewable energy.

Clean Water Service's, alongside the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy, dedicated a new cogeneration system on Wednesday.

The cogeneration system converts wastewater, and food grease and oils from things like Voodoo Donuts into clean, renewable energy.

Administrators said the new system will triple their renewable energy generation, creating 60 percent of the electricity needed to run the water resource recovery. 

The system will also keep grease and oil out of landfills and drain pipes.

"It's not alchemy, it's not voodoo, it's chemistry and it's smart leadership, and it's cost effective investment of ratepayer dollars. When you combine that with the solar, Clean Water Service's expects to generate more than 12,800,000 kilowatt hours a year," said Betsy Kauffman with Energy Trust of Oregon.

The new facility, which is part of the Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, will be the third water resource recovery plant in Oregon.

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